USDA to survey fruit growers in NY, NJ, and PA about chemical use


HARRISBURG, PA– In the next few weeks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National

Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey fruit growers in 12 states, including Pennsylvania,

New York, and New Jersey, for its biennial Fruit Chemical Use Survey. This survey will collect

information on bearing acreage, pest management practices, fertilizer types, acres treated,

application rates, pesticide application, acres treated, and rates applied to more than 21 fruit crops.


“Growers benefit from providing this information because it is used to re-register products for

their use, to illustrate the industry’s environmental practices, and to assure the quality of U.S. food to

consumers here and around the world,” said King Whetstone, director of the NASS Northeastern

Regional Field Office. “I encourage every grower to take the time to respond if they receive this

survey.”


The Fruit Chemical Use Survey will provide much needed information about the current crop

production practices used in the United States. The results of this survey will paint a detailed picture

of pesticide use and other pest management practices used by the fruit growers across the nation.

To conduct the survey, NASS representatives will contact selected Pennsylvania, New York, and

New Jersey growers to collect the survey information. The results of this survey will be available in

aggregate form only, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified, as required

by federal law.


Survey results will be published in NASS’s online database, Quick Stats, in July 2022. This

database and all NASS reports are available on the agency’s web site: www.nass.usda.gov. For

more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Northeastern Regional Field Office at

(800) 498-1518.

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